Research on how managers control R&D activities has tended to focus on the performance measurement systems used to exploit existing knowledge and capabilities. This focus has been at the expense of how broader forms of management control could be used to enable R&D contextual ambidexterity, the capacity to attain appropriate levels of exploitation and exploration behaviors in the same R&D organizational unit. In this paper, we develop a conceptual framework for understanding how different types of control system, guided by different R&D strategic goals, can be used to induce and balance both exploitation and exploration. We illustrate the elements of this framework and their relations using data from biotechnology firms, and then discuss how the framework provides a basis to empirically examine a number of important control relationships and phenomena. © 2011 The Authors. R&D Management © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Achieving contextual ambidexterity in R&D organizations: a management control system approach / Mccarthy, I. P.; Gordon, B. R.. - In: R & D MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1467-9310. - 41:3(2011), pp. 240-258. [10.1111/j.1467-9310.2011.00642.x]

Achieving contextual ambidexterity in R&D organizations: a management control system approach

Mccarthy I. P.;
2011

Abstract

Research on how managers control R&D activities has tended to focus on the performance measurement systems used to exploit existing knowledge and capabilities. This focus has been at the expense of how broader forms of management control could be used to enable R&D contextual ambidexterity, the capacity to attain appropriate levels of exploitation and exploration behaviors in the same R&D organizational unit. In this paper, we develop a conceptual framework for understanding how different types of control system, guided by different R&D strategic goals, can be used to induce and balance both exploitation and exploration. We illustrate the elements of this framework and their relations using data from biotechnology firms, and then discuss how the framework provides a basis to empirically examine a number of important control relationships and phenomena. © 2011 The Authors. R&D Management © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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